River Systems Transition Function and Operation Study

by Chin-Shu Liu, (M.ASCE), Water Resour. Systems Analyst; Bur. of Water Resour. Planning, New York State Dept. of Envir. Conservation, Albany, NY,

Serial Information: Journal of the Hydraulics Division, 1973, Vol. 99, Issue 6, Pg. 889-900

Document Type: Journal Paper


A general and compact representation of the interaction of storage, release, and diversion operations for a reservoir-river system is described. For any system configuration, the systems transition function has the same form; the difference between reservoir systems is reflected solely in the elements of the A matrix, the system configuration matrix, in the function. The systems conservation operation functions are derived from it and with relatively simple programming, the method can be applied to large-scale systems conservation analysis. The storage reallocation method is formulated to handle linear and nonlinear operating rules. The flexibility of the algorithm permits analysis of the reservoir system for a variety of management policies. A multipurpose operation of the Oswego River System, a canal-river system with eight lakes, provides a case study for testing the computation procedures

Subject Headings: Reservoirs | River systems | Matrix (mathematics) | System analysis | Case studies | Water storage | Professional societies | Computer programming

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